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Infected Art show at Press Club in San Francisco

MyDoom

Rogueware Spysheriff

Cutwail

PWS-Lineage

DegreesDiploma5

The Parite virus

BoundaryEncryption1

EmailArchive1

EmailContinuity1

The RSA Conference being held in San Francisco, Calif., this week is bringing together information security professionals to discuss the most dangerous cyberthreats looming beneath our fingertips. At the Press Club on Wednesday evening, artist Alex Dragulescu debuted his new artwork depicting computational representations of code which, while dangerous, can also be beautiful.
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Using actual code from these dangerous viruses, with help collecting them from cybersecurity firm MessageLabs, Dragulescu gives us a look at codes that have wreaked havoc around the world. In early 2004, the MyDoom e-mail worm was said to have infected 1 of every 12 e-mails worldwide.
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Fake anti-spyware program Rogueware Spysheriff will slow a computer and display pop-up ads. After MessageLabs intercepted these codes and diffused them so they were rendered inoperative, Dragulescu built an application to analyze them and used their values to create 3D visualizations.
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These 3D models are then manipulated with modeling software to best capture the unique patterns and aesthetics of the code visualizations. Installer Trojan Cutwail, also known as Pushdo and Pandex, is currently one of the world's largest botnets, controlling more than one million active bots.
Caption by / Photo by Alex Dragulescu
Information-gathering Trojan PWS-Lineage is a class of malware that steals passwords.
Caption by / Photo by Alex Dragulescu
DegreesDiploma5 arrives in your in-box as spam, promoting university degrees.
Caption by / Photo by Alex Dragulescu
The Parite virus infects host files and drops executable malware.
Caption by / Photo by Alex Dragulescu
This non-threat image, BoundaryEncryption1, is a visual representation of 15,000 e-mails sent and received through MessageLabs Boundary Encryption service.
Caption by / Photo by Alex Dragulescu
EmailArchive1 shows archived e-mails, which are represented by three-dimensional "voxels," where the data size of the e-mail is proportional to the volume of the voxel. The most recent e-mails are stored on the blue surface of the sphere and older e-mails are stored toward the core.
Caption by / Photo by Alex Dragulescu
EmailContinuity1 illustrates e-mail frequency and volume data as an arc from sender to recipient. The objects around the edge represent e-mail in-boxes, and their size represents the size of their data in an e-mail. The arcs represent internal and external e-mail communication, with the faded arcs denoting older e-mails, and the brighter arcs representing more recent messages.
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